Agay, Saint-Raphaël, France

A touch of Mario Botta amidst the red rocks of the Esterel – SOLD

400 sqm  – design by Ferruccio Robbiani – SOLD

Rehabilitated by Swiss architect Ferruccio Robbiani, a graduate of the Technical College of Lugano who worked for seven years alongside the famous architect Mario Botta, this seafront villa reflects a style imbued with the master’s influence. It is set amidst unique scenery 50 metres from the beach, with the Estérel hills offering a striking contrast between the reddish colour of rocks of volcanic origin, lush green vegetation and the azure-blue of the sky and sea.

Set in grounds of 4,781 sqm, the architecture is based on alternating volumes comprised of simple geometrical forms (rectangular, round and square) on three floors, facing the Mediterranean. This practical, minimalist design favours a smooth flow between the various areas. Lightness is accentuated by the alternation of full and empty spaces. Natural daylight is omnipresent thanks to picture windows to the south and east. A fracture on the north-west façade, a real trademark of the architect, adds depth and luminosity to the property. This fracture comprises the axis of symmetry of the entrance door marking one’s arrival on the premises.

The ground floor is comprised of a vast living area, a dining-room and lounge of approx. 70 sqm, opening out to the horizon and enhanced by a superb marble terrace with an awning providing shade on hot summer days. To the left and at the rear of this level, one finds a separate kitchen with Gaggenau equipment, a central island and dining area with bow-window.

The tour continues on the upper floor with a large study area facing east, extended outside by a solarium overlooking the beach and ochre-red rocks. Facing south, a master suite, bathroom and balcony giving onto the solarium.

At garden level, a large suite with a sitting-room and bathroom, two bedrooms and a shower room are linked by an atrium. The night area turns towards the outside and benefits from a large terrace of travertine stone giving onto the garden. A large cellar, laundry room and boiler room complete this floor.

Down below the villa, one discovers an annex of 60 sqm, comprised of two main rooms, a kitchen and bathroom. To the rear of the house, a heated swimming pool 12 x 6 metres next to a pool-house of 60 sqm, a car-port and a plot with extensive further building rights.

The brilliance of this immaculate white house brings out the colours of nature. Here, architecture plays its part in the beauty of the landscape.  The materials are rare and luxurious, travertine stone and full grain marble adorn the floors of the house and terraces in tones of white, grey, black and green.

Basic geometrical forms are also found in the house, round for the port-hole windows, bow-window, the slats of the shutters and the cylindrical hearth, a genuine sculpture. The structure of the building is characterized by a vertical fracture, just like the pillars echoing the axis of symmetry at the entrance, the cornerstone of this remarkable architecture. Here, one can clearly see the source of inspiration: sobre and assertively geometric esthetics. The furnishings signed Mario Botta fit in perfectly and further enhance the overall picture…

For fans of architecture and nature.

Prix : 2 691 000 euros

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“In a house, I always look for two contradictory features, shelter, or protection, and openings, a link with the scenery outside.” Mario Botta

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Ferruccio Robbiani was born in Mendrisio on November 5th, 1957. After obtaining his diploma in architecture from the Advanced Technical College in Lugano in 1978 , he won his spurs in the firm of the internationally renowned architect, Mario Botta, where he worked until 1985. He has since opened his own architectural firm in Mendrisio.

Plant sculpture next to the pool and its travertine stone terrace, recalling the shape of Switzerland, in tribute to the architect and his homeland.

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